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Hospitals belong where people live. Residents of Windsor, Ontario are left with no choice but to take their healthcare into their own hands by launching a legal campaign to fight to keep their hospitals open and in the city core. Both Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) campuses (Met & Ouellette) are to be replaced by a single regional mega hospital located 13 km (8 miles) from the city centre. This will make hospital-based services less accessible for tens of thousands of Windsor’s 200,000 residents.
Local officials have used mixed messages and have strategically limited public input and discussion over the greenfield mega-plan. This has misled many residents into believing they are gaining an additional hospital rather than losing two. Join our fight to give residents a voice again. We fully believe in the need for updated local health care infrastructures. However, we believe that a decision that affects our health and one that will impact generations to come is a process that should be transparent and inclusive.
The only way we can achieve this is with your support to win the appeal. On January 30th, we launched an official appeal to have this planning process revisited, however this is a complex legal challenge and one that will be costly.
When you donate, no matter how large or small, you are raising your hand (publicly or anonymously) that you believe that hospitals belong where people live.
More about the issue:
The proposed WRH mega hospital is part of a larger development plan: the greenfield mega Plan. The hospital is to be developed in an area that is currently active farmland. It is being used to used to justify the creation of a major new subdivision adjacent to Windsor’s airport.
Yet, when you look at the statistics, the need for a new subdivision outside of the city core is not supported: the local population is aging and economic growth is stagnant. Other communities are tackling their healthcare infrastructure modernization by taking advantage of existing urban infrastructure. While the mega-plan may temporarily benefit a few developers, it will increase Windsor’s long-term residential tax burden and create barriers to healthcare.
It is a plan that disregards both the City's own Official Plan and Ontario's Provincial Policy Statement. It will create further urban sprawl at a time when other municipalities are shifting to implement more environmentally responsible planning policies.
For five years, the reasonable concerns raised by Citizens For An Accountable Mega-Hospital Planning Process, along with community groups that include the Ontario Health Coalition, and a growing number of individuals willing to speak out publicly, have been ignored.
Together, we have been asking local decision-makers to develop a legitimately responsible, inclusive and transparent planning process, because the health, economic and environmental consequences will affect the region’s well-being for generations to come.
While hospital officials encourage staff to express their support, the public is largely unaware that medical personnel are prevented from voicing negative concerns. There’s no debate about the need for updated local health care infrastructures. Residents in outlying municipalities also need and deserve accessible healthcare, though the solution does not lie in pitting county residents against city residents. There are better ways to improve Essex County residents' access to healthcare services that do not involve gutting the city core.
In October, 2018 we filed a legal challenge against Windsor City Council`s August 13, 2018 decision to make way for the proposed mega-facility. The 60 acre facility is planned to be built on the edge of the city limits and on greenfield lands, along with the residential and commercial development of a further 1,000 acres of prime agricultural lands.
We anticipate a long fight. We need to raise $50,000 by the end of March to go towards our initial legal costs. However, we anticipate accruing more than $100,000 in legal fees to win this fight.
A note to health care professionals and other supporters who may need to remain anonymous: We thank those of you who have supported our efforts but who could not publicly come forward. We want to assure those of you who will financially contribute to this important campaign, that all anonymous contributions will remain completely confidential.
For media enquiries, please contact Philippa von Ziegenweidt via our contact page.
"Given the legitimacy of the concerns raised by the public ... the duty to consider, address and engage concerns regarding the planning process, the planning rationale, mobility, access and equity are insufficiently met to satisfy even the most basic interpretations of the expectations from community engagement..." -- Jennifer Keesmaat
Thousands of residents have declared their displeasure with the anticipated closing of Windsor's urban hospitals with lawn signs: "Don't Close Met and Ouellette, We All Deserve Better!", "Re-think the Mega-Plan, It's not a Done Deal" and "Re-think the Mega-Hospital, We Deserve a Better Plan!"